Green Flash Tangerine Soul Style IPA
Reviewed by Brady White on August 3, 2016 in Summer Guide
- Brewery: Green Flash Brewing Co.
- Origin: San Diego, CA, US
- Rated On: August 3, 2016
- Best Before: November 4, 2016
- ABV: 6.5%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: American IPA
- Rating: GOOD !
This 12oz bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly bone-white head, which leaves some decent splattered snow rime lace around the glass as it slowly evaporates.
It smells of pungent, semi-sweet tangerine flesh, further mixed domestic citrus notes, a hint of put-upon bready pale malt, perhaps a touch of sugary cream, and some understated leafy and piney green hop bitters. The taste is big and fruity tangerine again, though now somewhat moderated by some lemon, white grapefruit, and muddled tropical fruitiness, grainy and toasty pale malt, and more relatively tame piney, sprucey, and weedy hoppiness. The carbonation is quite active in its palate-lifting frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a wee bit of tangerine pith to be picked out of one’s teeth, is all. It finishes off-dry, and very citrusy, as the tangerine seems to be in this one for the long haul.
Overall, I can’t say that I didn’t like this frooty offering, but it is indeed a tad one-sided. Like many other heavily (adjunct) flavoured beers, it comes down to whether or not you are a fan of the guest ingredient – and I am, so I will thus carry on and soak up some virtual soul and southern California sunshine.